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Patricia Barry Rumble

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Patricia Barry Rumble, a Houston playwright/writer, began her writing career while teaching science and German. Her love of language and comedy writing brought her to the theatre. Her first comedy was The Archer and the Princess with original music by Rock Barry (Main Street Theater, Houston, 1987), followed by Aesop's Funny Fables, Mother Goose Comedy Revue, The Snow Queen, The Night the Animals Talked and The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny.

Her first full-length play, Breaking Out of Sunset Place, had staged readings in New York City by Playwright Preview Productions (now Urban Stages Theater) and in Los Angeles at the Playwrights Kitchen Ensemble play-reading series under the artistic direction of Dan Lauria (Jack Arnold on The Wonder Years) and won the Texas Playwrights Festival in 1993. Breaking Out of Sunset Place had its world premiere at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, Conn., in 2001. The Ransom of Red Chief, with music and lyrics by Yvonne Steely, premiered at Express Children's Theatre in Houston in 1992, and in 2002, it was produced off-off-Broadway by Vital Theatre Company.

Her bilingual play Aesop's Funny Fables was toured by Stages Repertory Theatre of Houston in 1994. An updated version, Las Graciosas Fabulas de Esopo, was produced as part of Houston's 2011 summer children's art series at MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts). It was also produced at Talento BilingŸe de Houston in April 2012.

Express Children's Theatre commissioned Rumble to adapt Pinocchio as a mini-musical touring show. The show ran in the summer of 2012 for 50 performances throughout Houston and its surrounding areas. In July 2012, she produced the CD of the original cast recording of the music of Pinocchio (with music and lyrics by Rock Barry and Sammie Ammons). She also published her first book, The Night the Animals Talked, in December 2012, funded through a kickstarter crowd-funding project. For the summer of 2013, Express Children's Theatre reprised her play for young audiences, The Ransom of Red Chief, which ran for more than 50 performances. Express Children's Theatre also commissioned Rumble to write her comedy with music Little Red, a very updated version of Little Red Riding Hood, which ran for 50 performances in the summer of 2014 and was selected as one of the three winners of PlayFest for the 2015 TETA Conference, with a reading on Jan. 31, 2015. Her latest commissioned work, Little Scrooge, a very modern, kid-friendly adaptation of A Christmas Carol, was Express Children's Theatre's holiday show for 2014. Little Scrooge was a great success, running for 30 performances.

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